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Crash of a Learjet 25D off Naiguatá: 5 killed

Date & Time: Aug 19, 2017 at 0016 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV3191
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Caracas – Barcelona
MSN:
25-368
YOM:
1984
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Maiquetía-Símon Bolívar Airport at 0011LT for a 35 minutes flight to Barcelona. About five minutes after takeoff, while cruising at an altitude of 23,000 feet, the aircraft went out of control and plunged into the sea few km off Naiguatá, State of Vargas. It appeared the aircraft disintegrated on impact and few debris were found the next morning floating on water. All five occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Catia La Mar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 2008 at 0955 LT
Registration:
N6463L
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Caracas-Catia La Mar
MSN:
31-421
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:

On final approach to Catia La Mar airport, pilot reported engine problem. The aircraft stalled and crashed on a building's roof in the city center. 4 occupants were killed as 4 others were seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed by fire.

Crash of an Avro 748-2A+-283 off Macuto: 47 killed

Date & Time: Mar 3, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-45C
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Caracas – Cumaná
MSN:
1744
YOM:
1976
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
43
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
47
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control, entered a dive and crashed into the sea few km off Macuto. All 47 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was the consequence of an artificial horizon failure during climb out.

Crash of a Boeing 707-328B off Maiquetía: 62 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 1969 at 1805 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-BHSZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santiago de Chile – Caracas – Pointe-à-Pitre – Lisbon – Paris
MSN:
18459/335
YOM:
1963
Flight number:
AF212
Country:
Crew on board:
21
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
41
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
62
Circumstances:
Three minutes after takeoff from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport, while climbing to a height of 3,000 feet by night, the aircraft went out of control, nosed down and plunged into the sea about 5 km offshore. The wreckage sank by a depth of 50 meters and all 62 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined. It was suspected that the loss of control was the consequence of a spatial disorientation on part of the pilot-in-command. No official investigation report was published either by the Venezuelan Authorities or by the French Government. All official documents referring to this tragedy are classified 'secret-defense' by the French Authorities until 2029. Nevertheless, in a classified document dated August 7, 1970, the French Bureau of Investigations (BEA-Bureau Enquêtes-Accidents) asked the French government to make a contact through the diplomatic way with the Venezuelan Authorities, to establish any evidence relating to suspicious traces found on clothes and some debris, some of them coming from the left main gear. On 17 November 1970, the Central Armament Laboratory of Paris confirmed that acetone washes were carried out on certain parts such as the fuselage, the bottom floor of the landing hatch and the landing gear. On the neighboring parts of the left main gear, it has been possible to demonstrate the presence of nitrocellulose, nitroglycerine and a nitro derivative in the form of traces that could come from the decomposition of dinitrotoluene or possibly trinitrotoluene. Consequently, in a letter dated November 27, 1970, the Chief of the General Inspectorate of the French Civil Aviation confirms in an official letter that the technical analysis carried out by the various laboratories highlighted a high probability that the destruction in flight of the aircraft should be attributable to an act of malicious intent. Indeed, the chemical and metallurgical analysis showed that a powerful explosive device may have been placed in the well zone of the left main gear.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL in Maiquetía: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 1, 1959 at 1111 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-AKU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Maiquetía – Maiquetía
MSN:
4581
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was in charge to perform a local test flight out from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing, the crew informed ATC about technical problems with the right engine and obtained the permission to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, the airplane crashed on Mt Playa Grande near the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and all three crew members were killed.
Probable cause:
The accident was caused by an overspeeding propeller followed by failure of the starboard engine.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando off Tanaguarena: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 26, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-ARD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
33005
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crashed into the sea off Tanaguarena, killing all three crew members.

Crash of a Douglas C-53-DO off Guaira: 24 killed

Date & Time: Dec 25, 1952
Operator:
Registration:
YV-C-AVX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Maiquetía – Porlamar
MSN:
7391
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
21
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
24
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Maiquetía-Simon Bolivar Airport, while in initial climb, the aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea off the Guaira harbor. All 24 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46D-15-CU off Maiquetía

Date & Time: Jul 10, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CU-P198
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Havana - Maiquetía
MSN:
33534
YOM:
1945
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Maiquetía-Simón Bolívar Airport, while on a cargo flight from Havana, both engines flamed out. The aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea few hundred yards short of the runway threshold. All three crew members were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Double engine flame out caused by a fuel starvation.